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Does Your Hosted Provider Give You This Kind of Elasticity?

By John | March 14, 2008

A little over a month ago I switched my blog site over from Amazon’s EC2 to Mosso.com in preparation of some viral activities I was planning. Some of those activities did hit and Mosso has supported my traffic fluctuations brilliantly. Even though Amazon uses “Elastic” as part of the EC2 name it really isn’t elastic by default and would not have supported my web site activity over the last 30 days. Elasticity is built into the Mosso default architecture.

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Elasticity Saves my Bacon

Topics: amazon, aws, cloud computing, ec2, mosso, s3 | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Does Your Hosted Provider Give You This Kind of Elasticity?”

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  2. Scott Holdren Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    “Elasticity is built into the Mosso default architecture”

    Unfortunately, so is downtime. While I really like the ideas behind Mosso, my personal experience with them was the worst of the worst. We use multiple hosting providers for our clients, and after a year of pingdom monitoring it became clear that Mosso was an extremely poor hosting provider. The best was Pair, with A2 and Dreamhost showing acceptable performance for many applications.

    If you continue to have a good experience with them, please share. I’d reconsider them if I thought they had their act together.

    Concerning EC2 hosting – until today I would not have considered it a good solution for a website. But with the release of Elastic IP it would be much easier to manage. That said, EC2 is still a DIY web hosting solution, and unless you build an infrastructure like RightScale it’s not much different than throwing boxes in a rack.

  3. John Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Scott,

    For the most part I have been very happy with Mosso, however It has only been less than two months. My stupid Top 10 worst captha’s caused a ridiculous amount of traffic over the past 5 weeks and Mosso held up really well. I did have one unpleasant outage early on however since then the service has been really good. I will update periodically on their service (good or bad).

    I think the EC2 story gets better every day and the latest announcements are really cool. However, like you point out it really is only for dev types and potential non-geeks will have a hard time getting the true value out of AWS. Rightscale and now Elastra are great solutions for people who don’t have the expertise of time to DIY.

    Thanks for your comments.
    John

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